Rachel Daley from MadeFreshly joined #bufferchat to chat about Instagram marketing!

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When did you discover the power of Instagram for business?

From MadeFreshly:

  • We were trying to grow our other platforms and it was SO HARD. But we got more engagement on IG, so we focused there.
  • It’s all about knowing your audience. You have to find the platform where they are most active and engaged.

From the community:

  • “Instagram made so much sense for me when I started blogging about travel/food, to provide a snippet of what my blog offers.” @Di_Mulan
  • “In the non-profit world, pictures and testimonies tell our story. Instagram worked.” @fmbrewington
  • “When I realized that I had started following businesses on — not just my friends!” @danielleirogers

Check out all of the amazing answers to Question 1 here!

 

Where does Instagram fit in your social media strategy?

From MadeFreshly:

  • We use it to inspire creative biz owners and direct followers to our blog by sharing really valuable content.

From the community:

  • “Instagram is our key outlet for sharing the diff. personalities @ BrightHaus, it’s one of the best ways we humanize our brand” @BrightHausGroup
  • “From a personal branding standpoint, is where you will build a strong, loyal following” @courtrails
  • “It fits with our requirement of speed, easy engagement with our target audience, and the authenticity of the content.” @basecreative

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 2 here! 

 

How do you grow your Instagram audience?

From MadeFreshly:

  • 1. Content – Post what ur audience likes 2. Engagement – Actively reach out to audience 3. Exposure – Collab w/ others
  • Use Iconosquare to track your most liked/commented on posts. THAT’s exactly what you should post more of. No more guesswork!
  • Engagement – Don’t wait for your audience to come to you. Search hashtags they use and like/comment on their photos.
  • Exposure – Team up with accounts with similar audiences for contests and shout outs to get seen by more targeted eyeballs.

From the community:

  • “Use great photos, post 2-3/day, use hashtags, engage with followers, follow relevant accounts, provide info in bio.” @bangner
  • “IG is the one place you can load up the hashtags (8 to 11)…But important to keep them relevant.” @uxcelsior
  • “The more you engage, the bigger the following you will build. Instagram users love a little shoutout here and there” @wakefly

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 3 here!

 

How do you best direct action and get results from an Instagram post?

From MadeFreshly:

  • Make it as simple as possible and give followers the next step to take for the result you want. EX “Click the link in bio”
  • CTA’s (call-to-actions) are crucial. Don’t just assume. TELL people to “click the link in bio” or “tag a friend”

From our community:

  • “Post images that your audience can relate to, makes them want to interact” @sales_prodigy
  • “Always evolving. We research our audience then create content for them, ask questions, makes statements that engage” @idealwild
  • “I use to know when to post according to my history. # are a must as this how users find pics to like!” @cecile_rainon

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 4 here!

 

How do you measure success or engagement on Instagram?

From MadeFreshly:

  • What’s a successful post? Depends what u want out of each. Don’t try to do too much. Have 1 goal for each (likes, follows, etc)
  • But literally, keeps track of your most liked/commented on posts, best times to post, etc. All the juicy stuff.
  • Some people were asking about apps to help manage multiple accounts – this should help

From the community:

  • “Interactions, types of responses, COMMENTS are king though! Use peeps!” @WWMLD
  • “If you track trends, see what’s working best, & do it right, you’ll know notice you’re being liked (& re-rgrammed!).” @ExpWriters
  • “Depends on your goal. If you want people to click on a link use a custom bitly link so you can track” @kaychatz

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 5 here!

 

What brands or individuals are great to follow for inspiration?

From MadeFreshly:

From the community:

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 6 here!

What do you see as the future of Instagram?

From MadeFreshly:

  • Using geo-locations to show events or places to eat where u are, w/out being annoying could be really engaging and targeted.

From the Community

  • “I hope to see a variety of mediums and layouts – allowing wide/tall images was a great start!” @hecpara
  • “I can’t wait until IG creates a desktop version & allows ppl to pre-schedule posts, so that we can use on it :)” @theawoods
  • “high engagement + no more limits on sizing + growing influence + avenues for creativity = powerful storytelling 4/ ANY brand!” @stephe_lee

Check out all the amazing answers to Question 7 here!

 

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  • WJG222

    This is a very helpful discussion providing great advice about a growing social media platform. Thank you for your insight. I’ll keep it in mind when using Instagram.

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  • Rachel Daley

    Twas a pleasure chatting with everyone!

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